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Planning Against Failure – It's Not All about Technology

Presenter 1
Dr. Lucia Lotter
Human Sciences Research Council
Presenter 2
Marie-Louise van Wyk
Human Sciences Research Council

This presentation will illustrate that a successful data curation solution can be implemented without an excessive investment in technology and resources. While more than seventy percent of information technology projects fail, only five percent of such failures can be attributed directly to technology. It is thus essential to understand the factors that contribute to these failures and to ensure that preventative measures are put in place.The presentation will - by raising selected issues - address the implementation of data curation in a research organisation. It will highlight challenges relating to (1) information technology methodology (2) executive custody (3) strategic alignment (4) funding / resources (5) data engineering and data management (6) people / soft issues and (7) technology issues. There will be discussion of practical ways of dealing with obstacles, as well as illustrations of the supportive role that technology can play in the implementation process.

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